WBC heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury has received a backlash on social media.
Fury, who celebrated his 32nd birthday this week, posted an 11-minute video on Instagram on Wednesday which included the undefeated boxer singing along to Juicy by The Notorious B.I.G.
The track, which was released in 1994, was written by the aforementioned rapper, real name Christopher Wallace, and includes a racial slur that is considered extremely offensive.
Fury’s children were also present for the filming of the clip, and the elder kids also sung along to some of the lyrics.
The clip was entitled: “Birthday boy, birthday morning with the family, got to love it 2020.”
During it, he said: “The Gypsy King, 32 today, still handsome, still good looking, still confident, still king and still undefeated.”
Before singing along to the lyrics: “And if you don’t know, now you know, n*****.”
He also said during the video: “You’ve got to teach these kids the taste of real music. Biggie and 2Pac all the way.”
The response on Twitter has been almost unanimous in stating that Fury should not have used the offensive language despite it being included in the lyrics of the song.
One follower said: “Nobody should be saying that word regardless. It’s offensive.”
Another questioned: “Why would you record yourself saying the N-word (even if it was in a song)?
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Fury was set to take on Deontay Wilder in December to complete the trilogy between the pair, but the recent travel restrictions could force Frank Warren to find an alternative opponent.
The promoter has said: “Tyson made it very clear I’ve got to give him a fight by the end of the year.
“I don’t want him fighting behind closed doors.
“But Tyson’s been in lockdown since February so, by December, it’s ten months out of the ring.”